I have heard stories from friends who have had this procedure and read online that an otoplasty is one of the most painful cosmetic procedures, particularly after surgery. I am just wondering whether or not this is true. I find it difficult to believe as i know that many children below the age of 10 get this procedure done.
I Have Heard that Otoplasty is Very Painful to Recover From, is this True?
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How painful is otoplasty
Otoplasty or "ear pinning" is a pretty easy recovery for the most part. One exception may be when the "conchal bowl" is sutured to the mastoid. . .that can ache. But not every otoplasty requires this maneuver. It's not bad. In fact, if you were having significant pain, especially on one side, you would want to contact your surgeon immediately in case you had a hematoma. I think you'll do just fine. Strong pain meds aren't required. Best of luck.
Chase Lay, MD
Otoplasty Pain and Recovery
Depending on your specific healing process, pain levels range but can be managed well with the right care. Make sure that you choose a board certified facial plastic surgeon who has expertise in performing otoplasties. After the procedure, you should have dressings applied to aid in healing and comfort. Sleeping on your back is also best as sleeping on your sides can affect your healing. Wearing a headband that your surgeon provides may also be an option to hold the ears in the desired position for a few weeks after the procedure. Pain medications and/or anesthetics will help with the pain immediately after your surgery and throughout the healing process.
Otoplasty surgery and pain
Since everyone has a different threshold of pain, the level of discomfort will vary from patient to patient. It is true that many children undergo Otoplasty surgery (some as young as 5 years old) and tolerate it well. During surgery, general anesthesia is administered for young children and local anesthesia for young kids and adults. Rest assured that your ears will be completely numb so you won’t feel any pain. After surgery, I often prescribe a mild to moderate pain reliever and an antibiotic to reduce the chance of infection. With any surgery, it is always important to outweigh the potential risks versus the benefits. I hope this helps!
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Otoplasty Pain and the Recovery Process
Otoplasty can be a painful procedure just like any other procedure in the head and neck area. There are ways to make this better for patients afterward. The type of anesthesia that is done can sometimes help. Longer acting local anesthetics injected after wards can allow your oral pain medication to build up in your system and keep your pain under control and avoid the peaks and valleys with pain medications.
Pain after Otoplasty
Otoplasty recovery can be painful, but varies from patient to patient. The ears usually appear swollen or bruised right after the procedure, which will subside after some time. A few tips that I tell my patients; try not to sleep on your side during recovery, do not wash the hair with shampoo for up to one week after the surgery, keep head elevated to minimize swelling and take any prescribed pain medication as directed to alleviate any discomfort. Adults can generally return to work after several days and children can typically return to school after one week.
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Otoplasty recovery is uncomfortable
Otoplasty is commonly done on children. The ideal age is 5 years old.
Following an otoplasty surgery, the pain is usually mild to moderate and can easily be controlled with pain medication.
Otoplasty is a procedure that repostions and improves ear contour. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia. The recovery it typically easy with some soreness. It usually is not associated with significant pain.
Otoplasty is a fairly easy procedure to perform and can often be done under local anesthesia in an office setting. If done correctly, the pain is usually fairly minimal. As you mentioned, if a child can manage it, you certainly can!
Pain after otoplasty
Thank you for the question. The answer is "no" it is not true. Otoplasty is not a painful operation as per my patients. They usually take some pain killers for a couple of days but never call me complaining of the pain.
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